An incredibly damning new campaign ad from the super PAC Priorities USA is taking President Donald Trump’s pledge to put “America first” and standing it on it’s head, accusing Trump of only succeeding in making the United States first in the number of people who have died from coronavirus.
CBS News reports:
“The ad, dubbed ‘First,’ is set to run in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three battleground states that were key to Mr. Trump’s 2016 electoral win over Hillary Clinton. Priorities USA, an unaffiliated super PAC that supports Biden, said it is spending more than $2 million on the television and online ads for the next two weeks.
“‘Donald Trump said he would put America first and now he has,’ the ominous ad booms as images of stretchers flash across the screen, ‘The United States leads the world in Coronavirus cases.'”
Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil said the reason for his group’s ad is simple: To draw attention to Trump’s failure to protect Americans from the biggest threat to the nation in decades:
“America should be setting an example and leading on the world stage. But instead, Donald Trump is failing us and now we are first in infections and first in deaths. We will never let him rewrite history or hide the truth from the American people.”
Trump has repeatedly tried to deny that he has any responsibility for the nearly 57,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19, instead suggesting on Monday that “somebody a long time ago” failed to curtail spread of the virus:
“It could have been stopped and it could have been stopped short, but somebody a long time ago, it seems, decided not to do it that way. And the whole world is suffering because of it.”
Apparently, Trump is willfully ignorant of the concept he himself was fond of spouting when Barack Obama was in the White House: When something goes wrong and you’re the president, the blame resides in the Oval Office.
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